'Redwood' Jess Ekstrand

*CANCELED* Redwood

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from March 11-April 11
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from March 15-April 12
2 p.m.

Contemporary playwright Brittany K. Allen’s witty and insightful Redwood focuses on how one dilemma unexpectedly imperils the relationship of Meg and Drew, an interracial couple. The disharmony begins when an uncle, retracing his ancestry, discovers that Drew’s distant relatives were not only slave owners, but that Meg’s family were among the enslaved. Understandably, the revelation upends the couple’s lives, calling into question their sense of self-identity and the social dynamics that shape their outlooks. Lending a satiric lift, a Greek chorus of long deceased relatives soon emerges, expressing supernatural ruminations through deftly designed choreography. Under the direction of H. Adam Harris, this regional premiere features China Brickey and Kevin Fanshaw, both making their Jungle debuts with a vital work suggesting that a candid divulgence of our racial divides, both past and present, remains an essential step toward a reconciled future.